In The Parks: Iron Man for Disneyland

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Disney, Disney News, Disney Parks, In the Parks

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Published on April 12, 2013 at 4:00 am with 33 Comments

This week we have more magical news for you from the Disneyland resort.  For starters, we have news that the Iron Man exhibit will be previewing today for a short period, to annual passholders only.  Next up, a very influential man, Harrison “BUZZ” Price is finally honored on Main Street. We have an explanation on the closure of Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, the shuffling of Main Street inventory and more photographic updates of Big Thunder, Long Lost Friends week and much more.

IRON MAN EXHIBIT DEBUT INSIDE INNOVENTIONS TODAY (for Passholders)

The highly anticipated  Iron Man exhibit, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, will preview for Annual Passholders ONLY this evening inside the maligned Innoventions attraction.  Guests who want to be the first to experience the exhibit need to be at the park to get their wristbands at 1pm at the Innoventions entrance in Tomorrowland (it is recommend that your entire party register at the same time).  The wristband will give you access to the preview, which begins at 6:30pm, and a special after-hours event in Tomorrowland (11pm-1am) in which they will have access to Space Mountain, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Autopia, and Astro Orbiter.  Sorry, no Subs.

Now, let’s be clear.  This is only an exhibit.  Not an attraction, not a ride.  It will probably be a very cool exhibit, but one that will closely resemble what appeared at San Diego Comic-Con last year.  Among other things guests will have the chance to virtually suit up with and test pieces of the Mark 42 armor.  Pretty nifty.

Guests are being asked to enter through the “exit” to obtain their wristbands.

Inside the Innoventions attraction, final preparations are being made.

After scanning each guests pass you are then guided to a line for wristbands.

None of the wristbands are time stamped. So that means, just get in line for the preview.

Coolness, they are giving out free Ironman 3 posters!

 

 

New banners are hung from the outside of Innoventions.

It seems as though the initial rush of AP’ers have gone through the line and there is virtually no wait for a wristband at the moment.  But, come 5pm, expect another rush as people get off work.

The exhibit is very nice looking.  That said, it is basically what was at comic-con in San Diego, paired with an X-box Kinect setup that allows guests to be virtually suited up.

The small exhibit is nice looking

The line might be a little long though.

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HARRISON “BUZZ” PRICE GETS HIS WINDOW – FINALLY!

Like a Disney fairytale, this story now has a happy ending.  Just this week, on Tuesday April 9th, Buzz was finally honored with a very fitting window, just near City Hall, On Disneyland’s Main Street. In front of a  small group of friends, family, and invited guests, Resort President, Michael Colglazier and Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts lead the presentation to award Buzz Price his window. Buzz has been gone for years, but his son was in attendance to accept in his father’s honor.

 

Resort President, Michael Colglazier presents the window.

Tom Staggs, Dave Price (Son), Michael Colglazier, M. Mouse

Tom Staggs, Dave Price (Son), Michael Colglazier, M. Mouse

The window reads…

Founded 1955

Price Is Right
Land Company

Call on our numbers man for the best price

Harrison “Buzz” Price
Founder and Finder

We never say “No”
“yes” makes more cents!

A fitting tribute to a great man.

MAIN STREET MERCH MIX-UP

The Main Street Opera House, which includes The Walt Disney Story featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, is currently closed.  Yes, it is for refurbishment.  But there is also some rearranging going on.

The doors leading from the Disney Gallery into the Opera House are closed.

The exit from the Opera house into Mad Hatter is also sealed.

This is all linked to the closure and remodel of the Market House/Disneyana complex into a single Starbucks location.  Items from Disneyana will logically find a new home at an expanded Disney Gallery.
Meanwhile, there are also kitchen items in the Market House which will need a new home as well.

Whatever is put in here will, no doubt, be beautiful. But we hope that the little touches remain.

Expect to see slight merchandise changes here as well.

 

COKE CORNER AND THE RETURN OF THE ARCH!

The day has come.  The long awaited return of the arch at Coke Corner sign has come at last.  We do wonder why it took so long, but, meh, it’s back. The interesting thing is that this gateway has been reduced in size by at least two thirds. The side structures have been completely removed (at least for now). As you may recall, this gateway once had the central arch and then two side gateways.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WORK

Some work is being done on the upper façade of the Alice in Wonderland show building.  While this has nothing to do with the promised redo of the outdoor section of the ride, it has us wondering.

Let’s hope a fix to all the unhappy looking tents and tarps happens soon.

 

SMALL WORLD MALL WORK

On a side note, new scaffolding has sprung up around a few more light towers along the small world Mall.

KING ARTHUR CAROUSEL

On another another side note, the canopy that protected guests from the sun while queueing for King Arthur Carousel has been sent to the cleaners.  It should be back soon.  But in the interim, bring your sunscreen if you plan on taking a spin.

BIG THUNDER REFURB

Here is your weekly look at the Big Thunder Refurbishment project.  Set to be finished by October, the attraction is getting a complete overhaul.  New track, new effects, new Rainbow Ridge and more.  It should be noted that, once again, the Big Thunder Trail access that leads from Fantasyland into Frontierland, is closed off to allow for crane use during the week.  You can get about as far as Big Thunder Ranch before having to turn around.

A look into the backside of the project.

You can spot the new track around the ride’s famous helix.

More plywood on Rainbow Ridge in the ride queue.

LONG LOST FRIENDS WEEK

Limited Time Magic Long Lost Friends Week took over the Big Thunder Ranch this week.  Guests got to vote on who they wanted to see return to the park and now, until Sunday, they can meet up with old characters that rarely appear in the park anymore.

Of course there are ODV carts for your munchie pleasure.

The rare characters include…

Robin Hood.

Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John

Esmerelda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Clopin from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Judge Claude Frollo

Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahantas

Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig Von Drake

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf

Jane and Terk from Tarzan

Flora, Fauna,…

and of course Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty

 

Sarah the MiceChatter chimes in regarding Lost Friends Week on her latest video.

There isn’t too much happening over at Disney California Adventure.  But we did snap this random shot of the DJ at Phineas and Ferb that made us chuckle.  Yes, totally random, but funny.

Looks like he got his teeth knocked out. lol. But it was just his microphone and our camera angle. Still, we had to share.

 

GHIRARDELLI

There is a new chocolate assortment rolled out just in time for spring at the Ghirardelli shop in California Adventure.  Adorned in California Poppy, these premium chocolate assortments are pretty tasty.

 

And that should do it for us today.  thanks for reading and we will see you, In The Parks.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. Thank you Fishbulb, I always look forward to your updates!

  2. So super excited to see these characters back in the park!!

    Also, I hope that Alice gets the attention she needs soon. She’s been under those tarps and scaffolding for far too long!

  3. Another good update Norm. I was there Friday night. We had no problem going tyhe back way from Fantasy to Frontier. Maybe it is closed of during the day and opens at night.